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FML - The follow-up

Today, I bought medical gloves to protect my hands from various chemicals at work since I have eczema. I had an allergic reaction to the gloves, and now my eczema is even worse. FML

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they were nitrile gloves, not latex
By retyi43 / Saturday 24 March 2012 05:41 / United States - Baton Rouge
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By  SoultheWolf  |  19

Rubber is horrible for eczema. When I used to do the dishes I tried to wear rubber gloves because my eczema would cause the dish soap to crack my hands and make them bleed. But using the gloves instead just caused them to puff up and itch like hell, along with the pain from the eczema. I fell your pain. :( Try getting some cetaphil cream (think that is how its spelled). That is one of the few lotions I can use to help that I don't have an allergic reaction to.

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By  48Connor  |  10

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  Pebbles89  |  9

It's difficult to know if you're allergic to something. You don't get a little small patch of irritation, you break out into a full blown rash even with minimal contact with the allergen..

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  xgetxbentx  |  13

It's an easy mistake to make. A lot of people assume medical gloves are made of hypoallergenic materials since doctors use them and a patient could be allergic to it. While the look exactly the same, and often are, the packaging "latex rubber gloves" and "medical gloves" or "hair dye gloves" can be really misleading. You'd think someone wearing those gloves while touching people with all sorts of different skin types would be easy on the skin. Unfortunately, that's rarely the case unless bought from a company who supplies to doctors, vets, or hair dressers. Those companies aren't usually sold in stores. I'd learned I haves a mild latex allergy (it only affects my hands and face) because of that reason. I knew I had sensitive skin, so I chose "medical gloves" over "latex gloves" thinking there was a difference.

By  Pebbles89  |  9

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see! you can cure your eczema with tanning! melanoma would have a very high chance of taking its place, but at least you'll have tan, lovely skin! (sorry to be sarcastic...but my sister and my best friend got melanoma from tanning and neither turned out for the better...)

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  thedarbley  |  0

Yeah. UVB rays give you skin cancer because it retards the immune system of the skin. But because eczema is an auto immune disease, it slows down the replication of cells. Its actually incredible the difference it makes. You don't need enough to get a tab, that's where it gets unhealthy. But minimal time 3 days a week is great.

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  Pebbles89  |  9

Haley, when tanning to treat eczema, you're not supposed to tan excessively. Also, eczema has no cure, only treatment to alleviate the pain and irritation. I'm sorry about your sister and your best friend, I really am, but tanning to help with eczema is not supposed to be overboard unlike tanning for the sun-kissed glow year round :(

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  Pebbles89  |  9

My apologies for spelling your name wrong. For people with eczema, summer time is the easiest due to lots of sun, UV rays and vitamin D, so most doctors tell you to "replicate" the sunshine by tanning to help relieve the pain :)

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  Pebbles89  |  9

Let them know to avoid scented anything- soap, lotion, etcetera. It really sucks to have eczema, it's like having poison ivy x20. It's horrible! Hope your friends don't have to deal with bad outbreaks often! :)

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  livkoko  |  15

Luckily I 'grew out' of my eczema. It appears every now and then with stress but I just slap some e45 cream on and it seems to sort itself out. If tanning helps eczema, do you use suncream with it or does that defeat the purpose?

By  SoultheWolf  |  19

Rubber is horrible for eczema. When I used to do the dishes I tried to wear rubber gloves because my eczema would cause the dish soap to crack my hands and make them bleed. But using the gloves instead just caused them to puff up and itch like hell, along with the pain from the eczema. I fell your pain. :( Try getting some cetaphil cream (think that is how its spelled). That is one of the few lotions I can use to help that I don't have an allergic reaction to.

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  xcarxcrashx  |  9

Yes because you having it around your mouth makes all the pain leave OP's hands. I have it on my feet and wrist, now I'm lucky as hell not to have it on my hands or mouth but knowing other people have it worse makes me feel lucky but sure as hell doesn't stop it from Hurting!

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  Lichinamo  |  33

Well I'm sorry that my need to talk about my eczema makes me a bad person. The only reason I said that was because I kept on running into eczema related things since I found out I had it. Also, I tend to let my feelings out after being upset about things. Comment again once you have mouth eczema, find out that nobody likes you, hear about it from a friend that wasn't the one who heard it, have rumors going on about you that you have given a BJ and lap dance to two different people after sex with one of them, and have people think you're a lesbian with your best friend.

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  Lichinamo  |  33

Also, people tend to tell me to use Chapstick when it doesn't help, and tell my twin brother he needs to moisturize after touching his skin, as he has eczema all over his skin. And by all over, I really mean EVERYWHERE.

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  Pebbles89  |  9

Lichinamo, you're not the only one who got negative numbers for speaking up. I'm sorry you have eczema on your face. You can at least cover up other parts of your body. I hope you're feeling better!

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